The Handmaid’s Tale author shares Booker Prize with Bernardine Evaristo

Margaret Atwood will share her second Booker Prize with Bernardine Evaristo after the pair were declared joint winners.

The Canadian author won the prize for her novel The Testaments, which was released 34 years after the critically acclaimed smash The Handmaid's Tale.

In a surprise decision the judges also awarded Evaristo the prize for her novel Girl, Woman, Other.

She was born in Woolwich, south London, holds a PhD from Goldsmith's, and continues to live in the capital.

Evaristo has written eight works, and produced poetry, verse fiction, literary criticism and essays.

Of Anglo-Nigerian descent, she has shed light on the lives of modern British women, taking an interest in the African diaspora.

Her works include The Emperor's Babe and Hello Mum, which have been adapted into BBC Radio 4 plays.

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